Billboard Bits: Rob Zombie; Bocktoberfest, Brad
News on Rob Zombie; Bocktoberfest, BradGhoulish rocker Rob Zombie is teaming with Spencer Gifts for a Halloween promotion dubbed "Carnival of Souls" that also encompasses Spirit Halloween Stores and Pete's Wicked Ale. Zombie's CD-ROM "The Halloween Takeover" will be available in Spirit and Spencer Gifts outlets as a free gift with purchase of select items, and consumers will also be given the chance to enter a sweepstakes whose grand prize includes a trip to the premiere of Zombie's upcoming film "House of 1,000 Corpses." Pete's Wicked Ale retailers will also allow consumers to enter the sweepstakes.
"The Halloween Takeover" will feature Zombie songs and videos, a preview of "House of 1,000 Corpses," game demos, and more. As previously reported, the Zombie-curated Ramones tribute album "We're a Happy Family," is due Nov. 12 on DV8/Columbia Records.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Rock act Collective Soul and Lone Star State singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen are set to perform at the ninth annual Bocktoberfest concert in Shiner, Texas. Sponsored by locally based Spoetzl Brewery, brewers of Shiner Bock and other beers, the day-long Oct. 19 festival will also feature performances by the Great Divide, Patrice Pike, the Derailers, and Max Stalling.
Tickets for the general admission outdoor event are priced at $25 in advance and go on sale today via Star Tickets. On the day of the show, tickets will run $30 at the gate, with children 12 and under admitted free. The concert will start at noon and end with a fireworks display at 10:30 p.m.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Seattle rock outfit Brad has confirmed a month-long, 20-date North American tour, its first in more than five years, due to begin Oct. 12 in San Francisco. The group, which features Satchel principals Shawn Smith, Regan Hagar, and Mike Berg, as well as Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard, is touring in support of its third album, "Welcome to Discovery Park" (Redline). Dates are set through Nov. 8 in Seattle; Howlin Maggie frontman Harold "Happy" Chichester will support.
Brad bassist Jeremy Toback, who had not worked with the group since 1997's "Interiors," is back on board. Percussionist Elizabeth Pupo-Walker and multi-instrumentalist Thaddeus Turner, who played with the band during a short tour last fall, are also expected to again join Brad on the road.
Expect the band to dig through its back catalog to work up fan favorites from the first two records when it comes time to hit the road. Gossard says the bolstered lineup should make this process even more enjoyable. "We can be a band as a three, four, five, or six piece," he says. "It's a growing entity, and that's exciting! The more the merrier on that front."
For the full itinerary, visit Brad's official Web site.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.